TOMORROW is tipped to be Australia’s biggest day for parcel deliveries in history, with close to three million packages scheduled to be delivered across the country – and it’s all thanks to the convenience of online shopping.
Since October, Australia Post has experienced an unprecedented number of deliveries, with more than 10 million parcels delivered last week alone.
The surge comes as online shopping festivals such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday become increasing popular, with parcel deliveries growing by more than 30 per cent during each event.
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Australia Post Group Chief Operating Officer Bob Black said tomorrow was expected to be “the biggest delivery day in Australia Post’s history”.
“The most popular Christmas gifts among Australian online shoppers include toys and games, fashion and jewellery, and homewares and appliances along with health and beauty products,” Mr Black said.
“As well as record parcel numbers, Christmas cards are popular too, with posties delivering millions of Christmas letters and greeting cards during December.”
Mr Black said Australians were shopping mainly from local retailers, with the falling Australian dollar helping increase the proportion of domestic online purchases to more than 70 per cent of delivered parcels.
Overall, Australia Post is expecting to deliver over 40 million parcels this month, more than three million more than the 37 million delivered in December last year.
To help keep up with the record demand, Australia Post has hired close to 3000 additional staff, has 13 air freighters running Express flights nightly, and has 16,000 vehicles on the road.
In August, the government-owned enterprise reported a 41 per cent jump in full-year profit to $134 million, thanks to online shopping.